Saturday morning, 4 fishermen went for a boating adventure along the Gulf Coast of Florida They have yet to return

Authorities are currently conducting an intensive search for four fishermen who failed to return from their excursion off the coast of Florida’s Gulf Coast on Saturday.

The missing individuals, identified as Angel Hernandez Munoz, 38; Ruben Mora Sr., 54; Julio Cesar Cordero Briones, 37; and Vargas Parra, 35, embarked on their journey from Venice, Florida, at around 8 a.m. last Saturday, according to a statement released by the Venice Police Department via a Facebook post on Sunday.

The fishermen, all seasoned in their craft, were expected back the same evening, as per reports from family members.

Initial sea conditions were reported as calm when the fishermen set sail. However, Captain Andy Leisenring of the Venice Police Department noted at a news conference on Monday that a dense fog later enveloped the area, potentially complicating the group’s return.

The situation deteriorated as the day progressed with worsening weather conditions into Saturday night and Sunday, including stronger winds and higher seas, complicating search efforts.

The search operation, involving approximately 13 local law enforcement marine units, is concentrated 10 miles offshore between Longboat Pass and Captiva Island.

Concurrently, the U.S. Coast Guard has expanded its search efforts up to 80 miles from the coastline, covering an area of 4,600 square miles to date, as confirmed by Coast Guard District Seven’s recent update.

The vessel, a white 1975 23-foot SportCraft, was last seen departing from the Marina Park Boat Ramp, where the fishermen’s vehicle and boat trailer were found remaining.

Notably, the group did not leave behind a float plan, obscuring their exact intended route and destination. Authorities are appealing to the public for any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing fishermen and have urged those with any knowledge to reach out to the Venice Police Department.